Fallon recently played the game with Dana Carvey, but this time the challenge was a bit harder. It's one thing to chat extemporaneously on a subject in the style of a given celebrity. It's a whole other thing to adapt a singer's voice and style to nursery rhymes.
But Levine took the challenge without reservation, though he did throw out the qualifier that he wasn't as good of a musical impressionist as Fallon.
It's true, Fallon has demonstrated his chops with dead-on Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young impressions, but Levine started off well with a great Frank Sinatra.
But then he got Michael Jackson singing the "Sesame Street" theme, of all things. The Roots started up the music, and for a moment it appeared Levine would be defeated. But then he busted out one of the best, yet not overly obvious, Michael Jackson impressions in a long time. Forget the cartoonish "Hooo-s!" This is Jackson in his prime.
Fallon performed a couple of songs, too. In the styles of Bob Dylan and Iggy Izaela.
But then Levine swept back in with a masterful Eddie Vedder singing "The Muffin Man."
Even if you aren't a Maroon 5 fan, you have to respect those singing chops.